Caleb Williams likely to start vs. TCU, Spencer Rattler’s father addresses transfer rumors

Caleb Williams, Oklahoma Sooners. (Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports)
Caleb Williams, Oklahoma Sooners. (Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports) /

Caleb Williams is likely starting for Oklahoma vs. TCU on Saturday, while Spencer Rattler’s father addresses the transfer rumors surrounding his son.

It looks to be a change-of-guard at the quarterback position in Norman, as Caleb Williams is trending toward starting for Oklahoma on Saturday vs. TCU over Spencer Rattler.

Rattler was benched in favor of Williams during the comeback win vs. Texas last Saturday. Given how inconsistent Rattler has played this season, he could potentially explore a transfer out of Norman if he decides not to enter the NFL Draft. The OU Daily noticed Williams got the bulk of the first-team reps this week.

Williams passed for 212 yards and two touchdowns and added 88 yards and a touchdown on the ground in the come-from-behind win over rival Texas. The former No. 1 quarterback recruit had fans chanting his name earlier in the season when Rattler struggled vs. West Virginia.

Now, he could be the starter for the rest of the season, or at least, vs. TCU. as the future of Rattler hangs in the balance.

While Sooners head coach Lincoln Riley would not confirm this, the Oklahoma football program shut down all media access until after Saturday’s game becauseof OU Daily’s report so an official word on the starter may not be known until game time.

Spencer Rattler transfer rumors: Caleb Williams slated to start vs. TCU but Rattler committed to staying in Oklahoma, for now

The student publication also spoke with Rattler’s father over the transfer rumors surrounding his son.

“For right now, he’s focused on working for this team, and we’ll see what happens after Jan. 10,” said Mike Rattler. “Hopefully he’ll be playing in the national championship on Jan. 10, and then after that, we’ll evaluate where he is as far as if any teams are interested in him in the NFL, we’ll consider that.

No. 4 Oklahoma hosts unranked TCU under the bright lights in Norman on Saturday night.

Oklahoma has yet to look like the team that was No. 2 in the preseason polls. While they remain undefeated, they have yet to beat an FBS opponent by more than seven points this season. Though they should be able to beat TCU in Norman, the Sooners still have conference games vs. Baylor, Iowa State and Oklahoma State. If Williams is the starter moving forward, the freshman will be tasked with keeping the team undefeated and on path for a playoff berth.

Should Williams falter, Rattler will need to be ready to regain command of the job that was once his and live up to the potential that was placed on him coming into the season when he was a Heisman favorite.

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